Archived — Craig Brenan

Year: 2003 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Victoria School for the Performing and Visual Arts
10210 - 108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 1A8

Principal: Ingrid Neitsch
School Telephone: 780-426-3010
School Fax: 780-498-8727
School website: www.victoria-school.ca
Teacher Email: craig.brenan@epsb.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 8-12/music, social studies

Teaching approach:

A stimulating learning environment influences students to develop higher standards for themselves.

Students discover freedom through expression, strength and perseverance.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. Brenan combines diverse interests such as fine arts (drama, dance, visual arts and literature), humanities (history and politics) and the sciences (physics and mathematics).

He uses music as a vehicle for communication, developing keen listening skills, since listening is as vital to a musician as expression.

He employs problem-solving games such as the 60-Second Club, in which students are required to play all 12 major scales in under a minute, and Band Olympics, in which students work in teams. He encourages students in their own research to further ignite their passion for music. He ensures that students don't just play music, but understand how music works and why they play it.

Mr. Brenan's musical activities stretch far beyond the classroom into private lessons, province-wide conferences, instrument choirs, provincial ensembles, and the Yardbird Suite Jazz Club, where he volunteers.

In Praise Of:

"Craig encourages his students to think differently about music; they have come to see it as a vibrant and exciting aspect of their lives and pursue it with more enthusiasm and commitment than they have in the past." - Colleague, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts

"Being in his class has changed my outlook on life and it has changed the direction I want to take my musical career. I know he has done the same for many of my peers, through his positive attitude and broad knowledge base." - Student

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